Goods are currently being transported via the Port of Helsinki at a record-breaking pace.
The total cargo volume in January – July 2022 was 8.9 million tonnes, which is 8.4 per cent more than in the same period in the previous year.
Of this amount, 4.2 million tonnes was in import (up 15.3 per cent), and 4.7 million tonnes in export (up 2.5 per cent).
Unitised cargo traffic – cargo transported in containers, trucks and trailers – amounted to 7.5 million tonnes (up 7.2 per cent).
Measured in tonnes, container traffic increased by 0.4 per cent from the previous year, while rubber-wheeled traffic, i.e. transported in trucks and trailers, increased by 10.2 per cent.
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Despite the positive numbers, increased transportation costs, challenges in cargo traffic delivery chains and the effects of the war in Ukraine on general economic developments are presenting challenges to the Port of Helsinki’s operating environment, the port wrote in its release. However, the development of cargo traffic has remained positive so far despite the darkening general economic outlook.
The route with the highest passenger numbers has been Helsinki-Tallinn with a total of 3.5 million passengers in January to July. The number of passengers recorded on the Stockholm-Helsinki route during the same period was nearly 790,000.
“The recovery of passenger numbers to pre-COVID levels will most likely take a few more years and depends on how quickly international tourism recovers,” commented CEO of the Port of Helsinki Ville Haapasaari.